Development tops UN chief’s priorities for 2010

Published on China View, January 12, 2010.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared this year as the year of development. My message is simple: The MDGs are too big to fail, Ban said. This year must also be a year of action on other fronts, including climate change, Ban said.

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) – Heralding 2010 as the year of development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday underscored the urgent need to ensure that action is accelerated to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline … // 

… The secretary-general emphasized the importance of reaching a legally-binding agreement on climate change this year.

He also called for increasing opportunities for women and girls, stepping up efforts to achieve a nuclear-free world, bolstering human rights and the rule of law, and strengthening the UN system.

“We are ready to act.. ready to make 2010 a year of results for people,” said Ban, who briefed the General Assembly on his priorities for the year and addressed staff in a town hall meeting earlier Monday.

Also on Monday, the Secretary-General cut a blue ribbon to inaugurate a temporary new building to house the Assembly and a large number of UN staff members as the world body’s New York Headquarters undergoes renovations.

The new three-story, 140-million-dollar structure sits on the UN compound’s North Lawn, and will serve as the home base to the 192-member Assembly as the landmark 39-story Secretariat building towering over the East River and First Avenue in Manhattan is overhauled. (full text).

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